But Jones said that, with "modest reinforcements" of several hundred additional troops and more helicopters, the situation could quickly be turned to NATO's advantage.
In comments made to Reuters in Canberra, Canadian Defense Minister Gordon O'Connor assured today that NATO forces would eventually contain the insurgency in southern Afghanistan.
O'Connor said he believed the alliance would not be able to eliminate the Taliban "militarily" and that its objective should be to "get them back to some kind of acceptable level so they don't threaten other areas."
Canada provides the backbone of NATO operations in Kandahar. A total 28 Canadian troops have died in Afghanistan.